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Meet Our Sponsors: Death Row Designs

Jaimy Hancroft, Eowyn Swords and Morbid Deceit, the DRD Team.

Jaimy Hancroft, Eowyn Swords and Morbid Deceit form the DRD Team behind the Faireland San Mora, and the creation production factory that is Death Row Designs. They share their reasons to sponsor the Faire and talk of the story behind San Mora, and how it worked together with the roleplay that took place in there. They also reveal their wishes for the Faire, and their Auction Plans!

You have been both a world builder and a Faire-sponsor for many years now. What makes you return and do it all over again, year after year?

Jaimy:  One of the things that makes me return I think is the people surrounding Fantasy Faire. I know I am not the most social person in SL nor is Eowyn and each year at Fantasy Faire it seems like I actually talk with people (lol) , everyone involved is just crazy nice here!! It’s like the people at Fantasy Faire live inside their own little (or big) bubble, but it’s a fun bubble. The other big reason we return is the cause itself which is RFL, which means a lot to me and every year I hope we reach high number to contribute raising as many lindens as we can for it!

Eowyn: For me it’s about expressing my creativity to the fullest, I come from a very artistic family. My dad was a really good painter and created awesome wood art, he died of cancer at the age of 56. The Fantasy faire sim that I build, I dedicate to him each year. The Fantasy Faire event itself is also a wonderful time with wonderful people that come together for a good cause, I just love to be here.

DRD San Mora / Fantasy Faire preview
Picture by Jaimy Hancroft

Tell us about your team. Who does what, how does the collaboration work?

Jaimy: This year the team changed. DRD was in dire need of some structure. My brain is chaos and you can imagine what DRD’s inventory was like lol

The process all begins in a skype meeting, Gathering ideas, we keep in touch for important SL events and make sure we all give our creative input for almost all our releases. Morbid is running the store behind the scenes, she is  designing the future for DRD and manages everything so that we do not miss a deadline, which was something I really sucked at…

Eowyn is always building the big meshes and is DRD’s meshmachine, and then everything is handed to me for UV sorting and texturing, I prefer to mesh smaller releases accessories/furniture and things like the human spirit monument 🙂

Then that mesh will be handed over to Morbid for animating/scripting, pricing, giving it a name, packing and setup, while Morbid is doing that we are almost finished building the next item… So it’s kind of like a factory almost, but a creative one I guess lol

Then we have two extra people helping out, Charlotte Bailey is DRD’s CSR and blogger manager and Cecegy Resident (my other RL sister) takes care of the MP, and creates custom logos for a lot of things, Like this years EBDA logo for example ^^

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Picture by CeCeGy

How was San Mora born? What inspired it, what is its story?

Morbid: This year we wanted to host our own roleplay team that was in line with the theme of the sim. The roleplay sim Outbreak offered the perfect opportunity to blend the build with an existing RP lore in Second Life. San Mora is another city that exists in the timeline of Outbreak and facing the same challenges. The roleplay began a week before Fantasy Faire opened with a strange transmission calling the roleplayers from Outbreak to come and find San Mora in hopes of discovering a cure. This great team of people worked together for weeks to plan a unique roleplay experience that players at Outbreak will be able to weave story out of for months to come. I think we really made the most of Fantasy Faire this year and the legend of San Mora will stay alive in SL long after Fantasy Faire closes.

Eowyn: A post-apocalyptic sim is just something we always wanted to do, I just love the theme.

Jaimy: for me personally I LOVE anything post apocalyptic and it has been a dream to build a post apocalyptic sim. You may wonder why at Fantasy Faire, and does it even fit in? I say YES , it’s just contemporary fantasy 😀

What inspired it? Well, every post apoc game ever LOL, I’m somewhat an avid gamer and yeahh…. playing games like 7 Days to Die, Borderlands, The Division and The Last of Us, it will get your mind brewing… also watching shows like The Walking Dead and movies like Mad Max… yeah… Did I mention I love post apoc?

My own story behind it is when building the sim, we wanted to have a desert area and a city area, so during that process it came clear that the desert area was more a ‘bandit’ type area and the pier would be your safest bet. There’s lots of grafitti around the town with family messaging each other that “the dock /pier is safe” that just came automatically for some reason ^^

San Mora
Picture by Eowyn Swords

What are you bringing to the Faire this year?

Jaimy: WAY TOO MUCH OK… lol well each year we basically build so much content (a total of 58 products this year)  we end up selling most of it, just very few exclusive items will go up for the Live Auction ^^

What are you looking forward to most this year in the Fairelands?

Jaimy: Well every year I look forward to so many things, this year I HAD TO BE ON THE BUS, and I was, so my Fantasy Faire is complete. #lifegoals #ffbusisthebestbusever #Aliasdriving #omgithadmusic #hoverbuslikenoother #NoFFwithoutbus #crossingsimswasOP

So I’m pretty happy right now lol, this year so far I had to catch up on sleep, I think this Fantasy Faire I have had the least sleep out of all of them >.> , I usually read a lot on the website as far as rp stories go and catch up with all that afterwards ….  I am hoping to do the hunt still and every year I look forward to the auction #Thisbuswillbemybus #donteventhingkaboutit #candycrash #hashtagseverywhere

Eowyn: I always look forward to walk around on the Faire and look at all the awesome creations of other designers, talk to the friendly people and also the auction is something I dont want to miss out each year, looking forward to bid!

Thank you, Jaimy, Eowyn and Morbid, for taking the time to talk with us! Thank you for bringing us yet another story-filled Faireland!

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Picture by Jaimy Hancroft
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Do You Dare to Enter San Mora?

Once the center of pharmaceutical greatness, San Mora is now a ruin of its former self. Quarantined at the outbreak of a deadly contagion of its own making, the population was left to survive the best they could. Without law and order the city descended into chaos. The fires have long since burned out, and the city is being reclaimed by a hostile Nature. But all that is silent is not necessarily empty. There are still those who roam among the ruins of San Mora.

San Mora by Jaimy Hancroft/Eowyn Swords/Morbid Deceit.

Meet Our Sponsors: Death Row Designs

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DRD Team: Jaimy Hancroft, Eowyn Swords and Tito DeVinna

Jaimy Hancroft, world builder of Dangarnon and creator and owner of Death Row Designs sponsors the sim she and her team built this year. She shares the story of Dangarnon, reveals a teaser about upcoming Live Auction and tells how Andolys of last year turned into the dark Dangarnon we see this spring. You can find out more about Jaimy and the sims she has built in her last years interviews: 2015 & 2014.

You are both sponsoring and building Dangarnon. This is your third year as a world-builder. Does it get any easier, how does the process change in time?

It does not get easier per se, but each year we do become more experienced in general so the workflow definitely becomes a lot better and faster 🙂

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How was Dangarnon born? What inspired it, what is its story?

We have done something light and lighthearted for two years now, so we wanted to change things up and do what’s actually more DRD’s forte 😀 dark and gloomy … we started talking about it and we wanted to have it in way where the story kind of continues from last year Andolys, Dangarnon is Andolys 100 years later, Andolys has been overrun by evil, walls have been put up, where the castle used to be is now a monstrous fortress, The tower is inspired by a mix of Barad-Dûr and Minas Morgul from the Lord of the Rings.
There is a last hope section on the sim , where the last people of Andolys still come together. There’s a few short stories on the sim you can activate by clicking on certain items to get the background story some more 🙂

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In addition to the stores, Dangarnon also hosts the Sanctuary RP Community. Your sim hosted them the last year, too. How does that cooperation work out, creating an area for a specific roleplay story?

This year was hard to come up with a solution, so we made special areas in skyglobes for a smooth rp, they needed sand and desert and well as you can see Dangarnon has none of that 😀

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What are you bringing to the Faire this year?

We had no time whatsoever to create something special, so we decided to just sell pieces and buildings of the sim. The relay items, (cavemonster and belltower) will never be for sale after the Faire , so this is your only chance to get those.

The Evil Fortress tower will be available only once at the live auction together with the two statues of Dangarnon.

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Do you listen to music while building? What kind? If so, does Dangarnon have a theme song?

My sister Eowyn listened to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack 😀 and I played my favourite youtube channel called pandora journey, which just plays fantasy/epic soundtracks etc… it really helps with building, Tito likes to build in silence though haha 😀
Not sure what the theme song would be for me, anything off this https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmVGp8jfZ0VLg_i8TuCaBQw youtube channel most likely 🙂

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What are you looking forward to most this year in the Faire?

I’m looking forward to a lot of the events, parties, Literary Festival. the particle shows, jails and bails, everything really I hope I will be able to make it for a lot of it, after the build my body kind of crashes into – couch-mode lol but I’m going to try and be there as much as I can …I’m always excited for the hunt/quest 🙂

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us, Jaimy! Thank you to the whole team for bringing us a fantastically dark world to visit!

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Brave the Darkness of Dangarnon

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Villains roam the cobbled streets of a fallen Andolys where evil rolled in and blotted out the light. Skeletons of what once was are all that remain. Rotting and crooked the stone houses and towers are a sad reflection of their former glory. Darkness hangs over the land like a heavy blanket suffocating any ray of light. But even here, in all this blackness a shimmer of hope has managed to hide and survive, a tiny piece of what once was this magical place still lives within these dead walls. Perhaps all is not lost yet…

Dangarnon by Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords.

Meet Our Sponsors: Death Row Designs

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Jaimy Hancroft, the creator of Death Row Designs, co-creator of Dwarfins and the builder of the Spires of Andolys.

Jaimy Hancroft, the creator of Death Row Designs, one of the creators behind Dwarfins and the builder of the Spires of Andolys, shares with us the story of the Spires, introduces her building team and talks about the magic of building and her favourite Faire-memories.

This is your second year both sponsoring and building a Faireland. What made you return and do it all over again?

Last year with some real life traveling I did, I did not have a lot of time to enjoy the Fantasy Faire like I wanted to, so this year I wanted to have kind of a do-over for myself 🙂 And of course it’s just really awesome to be back and be part of the Fantasy Faire, and they do the best job for RFL …but also I love me some fantasy 😀

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How was Spires of Andolys born? What inspired it, what is its story?

Well it was born last year; when I built Hopes Horizon it was a very personal kind of story for me and more emotional kind of sad, I said to myself next year I really want to build a sim that just radiates magic and fantasy and puts a big smile on everybody’s face including mine, I already decided at that time I wanted to come back and do it all over again.

The Inspiration is very recognizable if you are from Europe, it is Paris Disney, my favorite destination of all time 😀 and it’s been a dream of mine to build something like this, me and my sister are big huge Disney freaks, love all the stories and we just love the feel you have when you walk through that park and you feel like you have entered into a totally different world where you feel like a child all over again.

We really wanted to create a small world for people to go into, forget about all the trouble and sickness just for a small moment and make you feel like you just want to smile and be happy 🙂

When you walk through this sim you are literally going to feel like your dreams can come true and that you can totally train mice and birds to do your dishes.

Spires of Andolys - Picture by Jaimy Hancroft

You built Spires of Andolys together with Eowyn Swords. How did the collaboration begin and work out, which of you did what in the building process?

Eowyn Swords is my real life sister and my best friend, she lives a few houses away from me so it wasn’t hard to decide to team up with her, we have been calling each other through this process daily, screaming like little girls every time we made something new lol… she has been building big builds for DRD and furniture, I still build some of it myself but she is as we like to call it ‘The idiot savant’ of our team lol, she builds stuff like a maniac yet she has issues putting down a prim …. (ikr?) I do all the Uvmapping (yay) and texturing, I also built Cinderella’s carriage and Pinocchio 😀

Tito DeVinna, another part of the team, does all the interactive stuff like The Lost Boys treehouse you can hang around in, and Cinderella’s carriage you can sit in, a magic flying carpet that takes you on a ride around the castle in the sky 🙂

There is tons to explore at the Spires of Andolys, so make sure you do not miss out on anything ^^ We have filmed the process of my sister building and me painting, which we will edit and upload as soon as we get the chance to.

The Flying Carpet in Spires of Andolys - Picture by Jaimy Hancroft

What are you bringing to the Faire this year?

For the store since we had to compromise and we had -zero- time left whatsoever to make items, we decided to sell some of the pieces from the sim, so at DRD you will be able to get your own Rapunzel’s Tower or Sword in the Stone or whatever else we can think of to set out for sale ^^ but all the items including the castle in one bundle will be put up for the auction 🙂

What is the best thing about building in Second Life? Which things inspire you, make you happy and satisfied when creating?

The best thing about building in Second Life is making something you thought up in your head or planned out and see it come to life. For me personally the best part is uploading it and dropping the textures on, you can just see the build you worked on come to life right in front of your eyes, it’s just the best experience.

Which things inspire me is everything literally everything, from the outside world, to movies, tv shows, themeparks , documentaries, walking outside just everything, you can’t imagine the times I’m somewhere on a trip and go ‘ ohhh we should make something like this in Second Life’

It also makes me happy to be building with an awesome team nowadays and we just have a total blast doing it, there’s not too much stress, just a lot of brainstorming, laughs and all around happiness, I know it sounds totally corny for people reading but it really just makes me happy.

The Sword in the Stone at Spires of Andolys - Picture by Jaimy Hancroft

Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most in this year’s Faire?

My favourite memory has to be Fantasy Faire 2013, I had a lot of time to enjoy the Faire myself and run around like a crazy drunk dwarf half the time, and join all the parties and jailbails it was so much fun, I love everything they organise. I also enjoyed last year’s hunt a lot, it’s the only thing I had time for to do and it was awesome. I’m really looking forward to that again this year .

I’m also looking forward to this BALL omg… why didn’t they do this sooner, and perfect timing cause I’ve been dressed like a princess all this time building xD , I can take my Prince Charming to the ball and hopefully not lose a slipper 😀

Thank you, Jaimy, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for joining us in bringing the Fairelands back once more!

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There’s Hope in the Horizon

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“Hope’s Horizon was born in Tolkien’s mind.  The sim is inspired by the great city of Minas Tirith and I am dedicating this build to my dad, who passed away a couple years ago of cancer. He was a major Lord of the Rings fan and this was my chance to do something great to make him proud. The building stands high above everything and it is as if you are flying when you reach the top, you can see the surrounding Faire sims when you are standing there. I have put a blossoming tree at the top to represent life, and everything good in life. The tree is blossoming there in all its glory on top of this city in remembrance of our loved ones letting you all know that the spirit never dies…”

– Jaimy Hancroft